City of Manila receives the most badass police cars we've ever seen

Updated Sep 08, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Trucks fit for Manila’s finest.

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck is one tough vehicle. It’s so tough in-fact that a couple of police forces worldwide including the Philippine National Police have been using the Hilux extensively as a patrol vehicle and personnel carrier.

With that in mind, the Manila Police Department’s Special Weapons Action Team (MPD-SWAT) received six brand new SWAT pickup trucks. The donation came from the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) and these might be the most badass police cars we’ve ever seen.

A picture of the MPD-SWAT Toyota Hilux.

The urban landscape is tricky so these modified Hiluxes will come in handy

Why are these six Hiluxes so badass? Well for starters, they were modified by Overland Kings to meet the surprisingly tough and sometimes unpredictable nature of the Philippine urban landscape. They gave it the usual “tough truck” kit like a snorkel, 12,000-pound capacity winch with remote, auxiliary lights, steel bumpers, rock sliders, and a set of 17-inch Black Rhinos wrapped in Nitto Exo Grappler All-Weather Tires.

Apart from that though, these Hiluxes were also given some tools that the MPD-SWAT might need in their operations. It has a high lift jack, a siren with a PA system, fire extinguishers, and an awesome looking exterior frame supporting a breaching ladder. If we look at these new MPD-SWAT Hiluxes as a whole, we’re definitely convinced that these were designed to be flexible enough to meet the rigors of SWAT operations. 

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A picture of the front of the MPD-SWAT Toyota Hilux.

Ready for floods, sketchy roads, and quick response operations

The six Toyota Hilux units were handed over by Dr. Cecilio Pedro, the Vice President of FFCCCII, to Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso during the flag-raising ceremony at the Kartilya ng Katipunan. This is the second set of vehicles the FFCCCII donated, it had already handed over 20 Toyota Vios patrol vehicles earlier this year.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.